CYCLING

Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sam Bennett wins third stage of Belgian tour race

Irish man strengthens his lead of tour with third stage victory in a row

Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sam Bennett defends 12 second lead in Belgian tour today after second stage win

Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sam Bennett celebrating a previous win

Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sam Bennett has won his third stage in a row at the Binck Bank Tour in Belgium today (Wednesday).
The Bora Hansgrohe rider strengthened his position as tour leader by beating Dylan Groenewegen of Team Jumbo Visma in the sprint at the end of the stage, which finished in the eastern Flanders town of Aalter. 
it was a photo finish with just millimetres separating the two riders at the line.
Bennett won the first and second stages of the tour on Monday and Tuesday. He is the first ever rider to achieve this feat. 
His third stage win today is his 11th victory of the season. The Carrick-on-Suir man was crowned Irish Road Race champion at the end of June.